January 19, 1998
Teen sentenced in Lee shooting
SEATTLE--Last week, a 13-year-old Bothell boy was sentenced to 80 weeks in a juvenile correction facility for the shooting of his friend, Isaac Lee, last summer. While King County Juvenile Court Judge George Mattson granted a defense motion that the boy be found guilty of second-degree manslaughter instead of first-degree manslaughter he also handed down an exceptional sentence.
The sentence pleased Deputy Prosecutor Rich Anderson. "The 80 weeks was what myself and the boy's probation counselor had recommended," Anderson said. Standard sentence for a juvenile convicted of second-degree manslaughter is six to nine months probation with 10 to 20 days in detention, Anderson said.
The boy shot Lee in Redmond July 15 with a .22 caliber revolver. Lee died two days later. Mattson had said the boy was negligent in the shooting.The youth will get credit for 142 days already served.